Olde GnarlyWine | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Olde GnarlyWineOlde GnarlyWine

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
2011: 10.6% ABV, 69 IBU

Added by Todd on 09-22-2001

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Photo of mick303
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- opaque deep reddish brown, really attractive lacing and good retention

S- molasses, sticky caramel, leather, plenty of dark fruit, quite thick and rick, interesting.

T- thick boozey fruit, roast malt sweetness, long finish. Good but could maybe be a bit better balanced. Lots of coffee bitterness.

M- thick body, coating feel, slightly ashey bitterness, long finish. Alcohol is covered deceptively well for such a high ABV.

Overall a really respectable Barley Wine, pretty well executed, would recommend it. Lots of flavour and quite a nice sippable high-strength ale.

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Photo of WritersBlock
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a small, rocks glass.

A: Poured a dark amber color, tinged with burnt orange and sienna beneath a flash of frothy, tan foam which left little lacing on the glass.

S: Wonderful, spicy aroma of candied fruits, dates, plums and apples and dried cranberries and apricot. A slightly boozy wafts from the brew, bringing some citrusy hop bitterness with orange peel in the nose as well.

T: Very sweet, rich tasting malts reach the palate first, carrying a mellow, boozy caramel and toffee sweetness along with it. The malts impart candied, tropical fruits and dried berries with orange peel. A grassy, herbal hop aroma brushes the sweet palate and washes back with a warming alcohol feeling.

M: Full bodied, sweet and a tad cloying, but an enjoyable, warming sipper nonetheless.

O: A very tasty American barleywine that aged beautifully after a year in the cellar. The near-11% ABV mellows quite nicely, leaving the complex, fruity flavors in tact while not compromising the bitter hop resins within. The booziness seems more restrained as well, allowing more subtle malt flavors to shine though. I wish I had another bottle to open in a year or two.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, 2011 vintage. Served in a snifter, the beer pours reddish/brown with about an inch frothy tan head. Head retention is good, and there's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruit and a bit of sweet booze. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some bready/grainy malt noticeable. It's very sweet and malty. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's very smooth and has moderate carbonation. I think it's a good brew, and at just $4.99 a bomber it's definitely worth trying!

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ.

A - Gorgeous hazy, ruby-reddish brown with golden accents. No head at all. Burnt sienna if I can get to the detail of a crayon.

S - Syrup, brown sugar, molasses, soy sauce, bbq sauce, teryaki (last three are serious), alcohol. Massive sweet malt and booze. Extremely inviting.

T - Awesome, seriously. Boozy, sugary, malty. Warming, caramelized sugars. Sweet, poached fruits. Not cloying, though. Very complex. Even some roasted coffee flavors in the finish.

M - Smooth, sweet, right amount of carbonation and booze. Like drinking a high quality scotch, but more brandy taste. The alcohol dominates but allows so many other flavors to come through.

O: Epitome of the style. Everything I expect an American Barleywine to be. Well done, Lagunitas!

Update 12/19/12: Forgot that I had drank this in the past. 2010 vintage at Meadhall in Cambridge for 12 Brewers of Christmas. Delicious beer to which the age has contributed nicely. Everything is exquisite. Huge sweet booze qualities and heavy hops. Awesome stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bushbeer75
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1pt. 6oz. brown bottle - Vintage 2010 “Two-Aught-10”

Lagunitas Olde Gnarlywine Ale filled my snifter with a dark amber color. The ale had a smallish tan head made-up of small bubbles that held well and left behind sporadic clumps of lacing about my snifter. The nose is of sweet malt, dark caramel and toffee with light citrusy hops in the background. The flavor matches the nose, however, is “kicked-up” more than a few notches. The sweet malt backbone is dominated upfront, with brown sugar also noted. The hop bitterness is muted (maybe due to age); however, there is enough to help balance the ale. Mouth feel is full: sticky, and slick with a pleasant alcohol warming during the sallow. The drinkability is only limited by the higher ABV.

Lagunitas is correct, Olde Gnarlywine Ale is “Dog gone Good”!! It is hard to beat Lagunitas – good quality and good value.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of brewandbbq
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from 2000.

Pours dark brown with a half inch head of beige. A fine bead around the rim of the glass with a few dots of lacing for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with toffee, leather, dried malt, and raisins. Hints of chocolate and dark caramel follow through.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a tacky, slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

Sweet malt with stale raisins starts the palate. Wet cardboard, chipped toffee, and a hint of oxidized chocolate follow though.

Finishes with sweet malt, wet paper, and cocoa-rubbed leather.

Very malt-forward with zero hops and still sweetish after 12 years. The oxidation is fairly minimal otherwise and the beer has held up pretty well.

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Olde GnarlyWine from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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